Welcome and thank you for your interest in our practicum site! We hope that this page provides useful information regarding our application process and the spirit of our training program.
We offer a 9-month practicum rotation to advanced graduate students in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, or other related fields. As Temple is a large, urban, public research university, we are seeking applicants interested in providing culturally sensitive mental health services to our diverse student body. We are also seeking applicants that are interested in working in an environment that requires flexibility and active collaboration with our multi-disciplinary staff. Throughout the training year, we hope to create a supportive atmosphere that helps facilitate clinical growth, encourages reflective practice, and emphasizes an intersectional framework.
We ask that psychology practicum students ideally spend three full days per week at our site. This must include Fridays, as this is when we have case conference and group supervision of groups (8:30am to noon). Time is spent seeing clients in individual and group therapy, triaging students through Walk-in Clinic, attending supervision, and participating in our weekly case conference. We have a mandatory weeklong orientation in mid-August, and then ask practicum students to start late August. Our practicum cohort is typically comprised of two psychology practicum students and two social work interns.
Direct Service Activities
Walk-in Clinic (WIC)
WIC is an essential component of clinical intervention and the point of entry for students seeking services at TCS. Temple students do not schedule initial appointments at TCS; rather, they are encouraged to present at any time during WIC hours, where they fill out registration forms and are seen by a counselor. The focus of this initial assessment is the identification of problems or areas of concern, the level of clinical urgency, and the development of a plan to remediate those problems. Externs are assigned to 2 initial assessment hours per week, and consult with each case.
We provide individual therapy to our diverse student body of roughly 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students. We typically see students at our center on a short-term basis, averaging 6 to 7 sessions. With that said, externs are often able to carry a few longer-term clients throughout the year. As the year progresses, it is expected that externs are seeing approximately 8 to 10 students per week. Some presenting concerns may include: adjusting to college life, managing interpersonal difficulties, identity issues and development, depression, and anxiety.
Externs co-facilitate an interpersonal process group with staff in both the fall and spring semester of their time here. Some groups co-facilitated in the past include: Understanding Self and Others (USO), Building Social Confidence, Graduate Student Group, and Family Matters. Early in the training year, staff provides a didactic reviewing the theory and practice of group therapy in preparation for the training year.
Supervision and Training
Each extern receives two hours per week of individual supervision. One supervisor is a licensed staff psychologist and the other is a doctoral intern. Supervisors come from various theoretical orientations and work to co-create goals for the supervisory space.
Group Supervision of Group
Each week, social work interns and psychology externs join together for a ninety-minute group supervision of group, co-facilitated by two staff members. This space allows practicum students to share and reflect on experiences of their own co-facilitation, emphasizing things like therapeutic factors of group, stages of group development, and parallel process.
Practicum students and doctoral interns attend a shared weekly, ninety-minute case conference. In the beginning of the year, staff co-facilitators provide didactic instruction on the structure, content, and use of psychodynamic case formulations. Trainees then present cases for discussion on a rotating basis. The purpose of case conference is to enhance therapeutic skills through assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning. While we do not require applicants to have a background in dynamic theory, it is expected that applicants have a demonstrated interest and openness to this approach.
Application Information and Timeline
We will start accepting applications on December 7, 2020. All applications are due by 5 p.m. on January 18, 2021.
Applications must include: (1) Pendeldot cover sheet and agreement (2) cover letter, (3) resume, (4) graduate school transcript, official or unofficial, and (5) two letters of recommendation. For Pendledot applicants, please upload your application on the portal in one PDF. If you are not part of Pendledot, please send all materials directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, preferably in one PDF. Please note: letters of recommendation can be sent directly from a letter-writer if needed.
Upon review, interviews will be arranged with applicants under consideration. We will start our in-person, one-hour interviews in late January and conclude (at latest) on February 26, 2021. We will make offers according to Pendeldot guidelines on Match Day (March 1, 2021).
For more information on the Pendeldot Uniform Timeline please copy the following link into your browser: https://pendeldot.apa.org/resources/pdf/Uniform_Time_Line.pdf
Questions or Concerns?
Michelle Wallace, Psy.D.
Assistant Training Coordinator